South African Broadcasting Corporation: Broadcast System Specialist

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Posted: Oct 16, 2013


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DIVISION: TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS UNIT: HENLEY TELEVISION FACILITIES

POSITION:  Broadcast System Specialist

REPORT LINE: Technology Manager: Broadcast Facilities

SCALE CODE: 300

 

Main purpose of the position

The position requires support of the Broadcast Facilities in order to ensure facilities and equipment are in peak condition and thereby ensuring high on-air quality and operational broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This entails corrective, preventative maintenance, designing, installation, trouble shooting, repair of equipment and systems and operational support.

 

Key Accountabilities/ Tasks

  • Perform, plan and control the efficient preventative and corrective maintenance and repair of technical equipment to provide optimal functionality, whilst ensuring adherence to manufacturing specifications.


  • Electronic repair of faulty equipment to component/board level, ensuring the least possible turnaround time and minimal disruption for broadcast.
  • Configure servers/computers, networks & broadcast equipment.
  • Supporting broadcast networks and automation, hardware and software.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data and broadcast sensitivity, software and hardware. Administer users and resources to tighten security within the Broadcast domain/s.
  • Perform mechanical repairs and modifications.
  • Configure, monitor, and maintain applications and virus protection software.
  • Being involved and managing of projects on a technical level.
  • Close working relationship with clients, in order to ensure optimal delivery on production and client needs.
  • Design and install technical facilities/equipment/integration, ensuring adherence to technical specifications and optimal delivery on client’s needs and requirements.
  • Maintain close working relationships with internal and external service providers and vendors, in order to ensure optimal delivery on needs and requirements.
  • Develop, monitor and assess the external environment, new equipment, technologies and technology trends, in order to enhance the efficiencies and effectiveness of technology operations and consultations.
  • Sound administration, ensuring accurate registering of changes, faults, time, costs and solutions.
  • Update technical documentation and plans for future reference.
  • Feedback, advice, reports and communication with management as well
  • Ad hoc management services and assistance.
  • Mentoring and on-the-job, formal and informal training of team members and junior staff, in order to ensure a competent staff compliment and knowledge sharing of expertise.
  • Plan contingencies, back–up strategies and develop their implementations, within the FCC/MCR Environment to ensure quick recovery and reduced on-air failures.
  • Prompt response to fault call-out, assessment of the situation and alternatives, in order to provide a solution that will ensure 24 hour broadcast ability.
  • Must be shift competent within 4 months, i.e. understanding and being shift competent within the Broadcast facilities and agree to 24/7 standby.
  • Adherence to safety and health regulations.

 

Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge, experience and skills pertaining to the TV Broadcast environment, involving Broadcast Media Servers, FCC’s, Automation, Video Tape Machines, ATM, DTT and On-Air Graphics.
  • Good knowledge base of broadcast equipment, IT and the necessary experience to use the tools thereby ensuring adherence to technical specifications and optimal delivery on client’s needs and requirements.
  • A comprehensive understanding of analogue and digital television standards, file formats and acquisition formats.
  • Interpret and use the digital and analogue test instruments.
  • Electronic equipment and project design, construction, modifications and repairs to component level.
  • Knowledge & understanding of circuit diagrams and broadcast system diagrams.
  • Ability to guide and mentor team members, junior staff and interns and share knowledge.
  • Ability to develop and facilitate training materials, procedures and train technical team and users in the proper use of hardware or software.
  • Ability to perform, plan, control and implement maintenance, modifications and installations of new and existing systems and technical equipment; hardware and software.
  • Ability to repair, configuring/set-up, test and operate broadcast equipment.
  • Ability to plan contingencies, back –up strategies and develop their implementations, within the Automation environment to ensure quick recovery and reduced on-air failures.
  • Ability to translate technical terms, workflows and provide support, advice and consultation to clients, in order to provide technological and operational solutions.
  • Ability to maintain close working relationships with internal and external service providers and vendors, in order to ensure optimal delivery on FCC/MCR needs and requirements.
  • Ability to assist with day-to-day running of the workshop by analysing faults that constantly comes up on system and provide a proactive measure in resolving and preventing re-occurrence of the faults.
  • Develop, monitor and assess the external environment, new equipment, technologies and technology trends, in order to enhance the efficiencies and effectiveness of technology operations and consultations.
  • Ability to plan and implement projects.
  • Ability to write Technical/Operational reports, e.g. report writing, shift reports, fault reports, transmission reports etc.

 

Minimum Requirements / Experience

  • S4 Electrical Engineering (Light Current), National diploma in Light current engineering or equivalent engineering qualification.
  • IT Network knowledge Essential. Computer literate (A+), Network knowledge (N+).
  • 8 Years’ experience in technical maintenance & fault finding of broadcasting equipment within a Broadcast Environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team and lead the team if required.
  • Good understanding of the workings of Automation.
  • Knowledge of Broadcast Media/ Video server environment.
  • Software development, VB, .Net and MSSQL is a requirement.
  • Knowledge, experience & understanding of IT platforms of broadcast servers; Omneon, Quantel EVS and AVID with Omnibus Automation and Control and broadcast hardware.
  • Knowledge, experience & understanding of HP hardware.
  • Ability to work under pressure in particular – live broadcast environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours.
  • The ability to work independently, in a team and be self motivated is essential.
  • Proficient in MS Office, i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point.

 

 

Interested candidates must apply with a concise CV to [email protected]

 

Closing Date:  18 October 2013

 

Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designation groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act and the SABC’s Employment Equity initiatives. Correspondence will only be entered into with short listed candidates. If you have not had any response within two weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application has not been successful.

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